October 15, 2012
First Coast News
The first ever First Coast Defense Expo will take place this Wednesday, October 17, at the Jacksonville Jetport at Cecil Airport.
The event is being held by the Florida League of Defense Contractors and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, according to a news release from U.S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw's office. Congressman Crenshaw will also be at the event, to focus on the companies that make up the Northeast Florida defense industrial base.
Crenshaw said, "The First Coast is an anchor to our national security -- a standing not possible without the dedication of our men and women in uniform and the support and expertise of the companies that make up our regional defense industrial base. Events like this are a fabulous opportunity to view exhibits, network, participate in workshops and meet the people who play a central role in supporting the mission of our men and women in uniform wherever they serve."
The event will feature 35 sponsors and exhibitors. Materials will be displayed across 15,000 square feet of floor space, the release said, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Congressman Crenshaw will be part of a panel whose other members include Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and other key defense industry and small business leaders. The group will take part in a Town Hall-style discussion on how important and what the role is of the defense industry to the national security and economy. The discussion is scheduled to take place from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
The exhibition floor will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The address for the Jacksonville Jetport is 13365 Aeronautical Circle.
To see a full schedule for the expo, visit the Florida League of Defense Contractors website at www.fl-dc.org.